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2007 Ski Nationals Report #1 - Sprint Relays
By:  Team XCOttawa   (2007/03/19)

Team sprints opened the 2007 Canadain Cross Country Skiing Championships. This is the first appearance of this event at a Canadian Nationals and it took place at the Plains of Abraham in downtown Quebec City. The organizers arranged for a great 1.2km course with a short steep uphill right at the start followed by a more gradual uphill, then a downhill section featuring a couple of corners and some soft snow and finally a flat stretch into the finish. Each team is made up of two skiers, each skiing 3 times around the course and tagging off after each lap. 

The races started off in the morning with the CCUNC (Canadian College and University National Championships) category. Two of our team members were scheduled to be a part of this event, Ed and Gavin. Unfortunately, Gavin was feeling a bit under the weather due to his crazy travel schedule home from Whitehorse (Canada Winter Games) last week and opted to sit out to rest up for Tuesday’s race. Ed took his spot in the Carleton A team with fellow Carleton skier Chris Mamen. They had been 2nd place in the relay at the Ontario championships and were again up against their rivals, Lakehead. Ed took it out and did his best to stay with the field and Chris made a nice move around the corner on his first leg to tag off to Ed in 1st place. Ed skied a strong second lap and pulled away from the others, with Chris opening the gap during his leg. They each skied a strong third lap and finished in a solid 1st place. Lakehead finished in 2nd and Laval was 3rd. The Carleton women finished in 3rd behind Lakehead and Laurentian. 

Next up was the Challenge categories, which are 17 and under. Ottawa had a great showing here with Nakkertok finishing in 4th and 5th in the girl’s race. 

The rest of our team was up in the afternoon with Tom and Karl representing the Open Men and Sheila and Megan racing in Open Women. Karl and Tom were in the 2nd heat of men. They had to finish in the top 5 in their heat to make it to the final. Karl started out well and passed off to Tom in 3rd position. Tom kept them in position and tagged Karl for his second leg. Karl was skiing well until the soft corner where he got tangled up and fell. He came into the tag zone in 7th. Tom caught a couple of guys but in the end they had to settle for 6th place and unfortunately that ended their day. 

The Open Women’s race was a final only, with 14 teams entered. Sheila and Megan battled among a close field, finishing in 7th position without much drama. They were 10 seconds out of third. 

Overall the format was good, and the event ran smoothly. Everyone is now getting ready for tomorrow’s skate race! Stay tuned for more results and pictures tomorrow.

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Megan chases Tara Whitten

Sheila chases pack


XC Ottawa alumni Eva Szabo

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